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SRA provides some breathing space for law firms struggling to obtain PI cover

By Zarina Lawley The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) recently published a useful Q&A article on their website which we recommend all law firms take the time to read. It summarises some of the most common queries the SRA has received from solicitors about their rules and the potential impact of Coronavirus. The article discusses professional […]

New transparency measures in the public procurement field

1. Background Despite the constant update of the public procurement legal framework, the Romanian authorities have signalled several issues related to the public procurement contracts granted to certain companies, in circumstances which are not able to comply, in all cases, with the general principles of transparency and equal treatment. Thus, in order to ensure the […]

Montenegro: Insight into the New Companies Act

The new Montenegrin Companies Act which entered into force on 11 July 2020, is an innovative and thoroughgoing codification of Montenegrin Corporate Law. The legislator opted for a comprehensive legal instrument which, compared to the previous law, contains more detailed and exhaustive rules determining the establishment, management, restructuring, termination and functioning of business entities.

Coronavirus Digest no. 2: Patents and other intellectual property rights

Second volume of the Digest prepared by PLMJ and Inventa International on the crossover between the area of intellectual property and the challenges of COVID-19, especially regarding patents and utility models, as well as all the information on the path to obtaining a vaccine.

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Case of the week

Superintendent Ray Mallon, the pioneer of zero tolerance policing in the UK, has learned that he will not face criminal charges after a £5m investigation into how the so-called ‘Robocop’ squad got information from the Teesside underworld. Mallon, whose drive against petty crime and anti-social behaviour has influenced Home Secretary Jack Straw’s own liberal pronouncements, […]

It's been a good week for

Eagle-eyed police. The prosecutor in the case of obsessive collector of bird’s eggs, Keith Hartburn, paid tribute to the boys in blue’s razor sharp investigative skills that had led to Hartburn’s arrest. Mark Styles, a member of the prosecution, said:”He was caught as the result of dedicated police work which resulted in him being recognised […]

Quote of the week

“We are a very irreverent department. I’m a mad, cake-fetish, fatty person. We’ve got cake and chocolate. We are the fat piggy department.” – A very contented Riccardo Nardi, head of legal at the Association of British Travel Agents, as quoted in a penetrating article in the Law Society’s internal magazine the Law Society’s Gazette

Doctor Spin

In a few weeks, the QEII conference centre, just around the corner from the Palace of Westminster, will play host to the serious parts of the ABA conference. But the sumptuous venue, complete with airport-style X-ray machines and the sort of security guards who are not retired lollipop men, recently played host to another gathering […]

Don't fust the profession

The suggestion reported in The Times on 12 June that solicitors who have obtained higher courts advocacy certificates should be admitted as members of the Inns of Court should be strongly opposed. Any solicitor wishing to become a member of any of the four Inns has only to be called to the bar and surrender […]

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